Ravinia Festival has cut ties with James Levinewho was music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's summer residencies from 1973 to 1993following allegations of sexual misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Levine, 74, was to start a five-year term as conductor laureate, a new position created for him, next summer.
Four men have come forward, saying Levine sexually abused them decades ago. The abuse of Chris Brown, James Lestock, Albin Ifsich and Ashok Pai allegedly took place more than 30 years ago, when all three men were teenagers.
The Metropolitan Opera has severed ties with Levine as well. He was the company's music director and conductor, Variety noted. The Met's general manager, Peter Gelb, stated the opera house would be canceling Levine's upcoming conducting engagements, including a production of Puccini's "Tosca" scheduled to begin New Year's Eve.
The Chicago Tribune item is at ChicagoTribune.com/topic/entertainment/music/ravinia-festival-EVCNC000030-topic.html . The Variety piece is at Variety.com/2017/legit/news/james-levine-suspended-metropolitan-opera-sexual-abuse-1202629375/ .